Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Program
Parents Encouraging Parents (P.E.P.) is a statewide parent-to-parent network established in the Tennessee Department of Health to offer support and information to parents of children with a disability, chronic illness, or special need.
Support parents, trained volunteers who have developed effective coping skills and strategies in parenting a child with special needs, are matched with referred parents–parents with a child who is newly diagnosed, in crisis or transition, or simply in need of support and information. Parents are matched as closely as possible based on the child’s diagnosis, family structure, and cultural, racial or religious factors. The kind, frequency and duration of contact are determined by the referred parents' needs and preferences. All information is kept confidential.